George Lindsey died yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 83. Lindsey was the latest Andy Griffith Show regular to die, as fewer and fewer of the regulars from the show are still surviving.
He was seen in 86 episodes of Andy Griffith and 58 episodes of Mayberry RFD. Only Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Francis Bavier and Don Knotts appeared in more episodes than George “Goober” Lindsey.
It was quite a feat for Lindsey to appear in so many episodes, considering he didn’t appear in his first episode till the fourth year of the show. Lindsey had been a serious actor before joining the show, but his portrayal of Goober made it more difficult to secure serious roles in later years.
Lindsey in real life was much smarter than the automobile mechanic Goober, that he portrayed on the Andy Griffith Show. In fact Lindsey graduated from University of North Alabama with a degree in bioscience. He was a science teacher, before becoming an actor.
It is a little known fact that Lindsey was the first choice of Gene Roddenberry creator of Star Trek to play Mr. Spock in the television series. He also appeared on Hee Haw from 1972-1992.
These are some of the comments made after his death by his friends from the Zap2it.com website:
We have lost another member of the Andy Griffith cast who made it the special show it was.
George Lindsey brought a lot of laughter into our lives. He will be missed greatly.